Ban meat consumption and killing of animals

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Four Buddhist and animal rights organizations called for a ban on meat consumption in Sri Lanka on Mondays and urged all Buddhists in the country to refrain from eating animal products during the month of May when Vesak is celebrated.

The heads of these organizations -Anagarika Dharamapala Humanitarian Foundation, Dharma Voices for Animals (DVA) , Bodhi Raja Foundation and Youth Non-vilolent Movement- told a news conference that they requested all people of Sri Lanka to refrain from eating meat on Mondays and all Buddhists to become vegetarians during the month of May as a first step towards converting Sri Lanka into a non meat-eating society.

Senior member of the Anagarika Dharamapala Humanitarian Foundation Dr Lanka Jayasuriya Dissanayake said the objective of the organizations that have come together was create a meatless society. “As a first step towards creating a meatless society, we would like to call all Sri Lankans to refrain from eating meat on Mondays and all Buddhists to become vegetarians during the month of Vesak. Ms. Dissanayake, the daughter of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and the spouse of Minister Navin Dissanayake, said the organizations would also campaign to educate people to prepare a healthy meals for alms . She made this request by revealing that research had confirmed that 75 percent of local Buddhist monks suffered from diabetics.

DVA Board Member Venerable Peradeniye Sathindriya Thera said the number of cattle heads slaughtered in Sri Lanka had been reduced to 170,000 in 2016 compared to 200,000 in 2013. However he said the cattle slaughter was high in the East particularly in Batticaloa and Ampara Districts. He said WHO had affirmed that meat consumption had been a major cause of cancer and other noncommunicable diseases later.

Venerable Ahangama Ananda Thera said the petition signed by nearly one million people during the 2600th Buddha Jayanthi calling for the ban on cattle slaughter had not been implemented. He said the organizations would fight for it in the future. “Catholic, Christian and Islamic priests who saw the video clips we showed to the public during the Buddha Jayanthi were convinced and they signed the petition together with us,” he said.

Dr Damayanthi Perera a professional Dietician said the research in which she too has been involved had revealed that the conclusion that meat consumption had been the number one cause of cancer. Also she said the notion that milk is essential for the growth of humans right throughout had been proven wrong as well. Besides she said it is ironic that human beings are dependent on other animals for milk. Dr Perera said research had also confirmed that animal parts such as eyes of cattle are being used for various meat products such as sausages. ‘It is also important to prevent animal farming business that would come to Sri Lanka in the form of foreign direct investments,” she added. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 79

  • Nilushan Friday, 27 October 2017 08:38 AM

    what will happen to Fisheries industry.it ll collapse. fish also kind of animals. via DM Android App

    Dee Friday, 27 October 2017 08:44 AM

    Yes ban meats and continue the rest of the sins which we are famous for .

    Leela Friday, 27 October 2017 10:04 AM

    Yes you are so right. Ban meat eating, yet the killings, shootings, murders will all go on. Its a joke really. The Buddhists monks are a disgrace as seen in the news recently.

    Sharon Friday, 27 October 2017 08:44 AM

    Ven. Sir. I have nothing against your movement. However, Supreme Lord Buddha never tried to stop this in India. Neither advised us to be Vegetarians

    Wise Donkey Saturday, 28 October 2017 08:02 AM

    Also tell the incoming meat-eating tourists to go to neighboring countries for their three meals. Arrange shuttle flight for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

    Suneth Perera Friday, 27 October 2017 08:50 AM

    Meat consumption in Sri Lanka continue to rise despite price increases mainly on chicken. We as a nation to a greater extend manage to contain beef consumption. We have privilege with well diversified forming industry though not much productive when compared with developed countries. All over the world specially I think North India there are exceptionally delicious vegetarian menus providing solutions for health issues. Organisations like this can play a pivotal roll in popularising good eating habits. Media institutions should come forward and bring these decisions to the mass.

    Sensible Saturday, 28 October 2017 06:03 AM

    How reasonable if the victims (animals) had a voice?

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 27 October 2017 09:00 AM

    These are seasonal jokers. First and foremost all these Sinhalese Buddhists need to agree that the largest portion of meat eating and alcohol consumption is by Sinhalese Buddhist including clergy. If Buddhist temples and their priests have been successful in proper preaching without involvement in racism, politics, thuggery, religious intolerance, then Sinhalese would not consume meat not only on silly Mondays but on any day

    MENU Friday, 27 October 2017 10:36 AM

    You hit the nailon the head. - as for me I feel ashamed to list out the menu Requested by the bikkus to be provided at the end of an all night pirith.

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 27 October 2017 09:00 AM

    These are seasonal jokers. First and foremost all these Sinhalese Buddhists need to agree that the largest portion of meat eating and alcohol consumption is by Sinhalese Buddhist including clergy. If Buddhist temples and their priests have been successful in proper preaching without involvement in racism, politics, thuggery, religious intolerance, then Sinhalese would not consume meat not only on silly Mondays but on any day

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 27 October 2017 09:00 AM

    These are seasonal jokers. First and foremost all these Sinhalese Buddhists need to agree that the largest portion of meat eating and alcohol consumption is by Sinhalese Buddhist including clergy. If Buddhist temples and their priests have been successful in proper preaching without involvement in racism, politics, thuggery, religious intolerance, then Sinhalese would not consume meat not only on silly Mondays but on any day

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 27 October 2017 09:00 AM

    These are seasonal jokers. First and foremost all these Sinhalese Buddhists need to agree that the largest portion of meat eating and alcohol consumption is by Sinhalese Buddhist including clergy. If Buddhist temples and their priests have been successful in proper preaching without involvement in racism, politics, thuggery, religious intolerance, then Sinhalese would not consume meat not only on silly Mondays but on any day

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 27 October 2017 09:00 AM

    These are seasonal jokers. First and foremost all these Sinhalese Buddhists need to agree that the largest portion of meat eating and alcohol consumption is by Sinhalese Buddhist including clergy. If Buddhist temples and their priests have been successful in proper preaching without involvement in racism, politics, thuggery, religious intolerance, then Sinhalese would not consume meat not only on silly Mondays but on any day

    A. Siriwardane Friday, 27 October 2017 09:46 AM

    You have named yourself aptly, my friend.

    Mohan Friday, 27 October 2017 09:05 AM

    I don't understand why only on Mondays and in the month of May. It is ridiculous. Did Lord Buddha say so? Also, you can't force your religious beliefs on people from other religions. However, can ask them to show compassion to animals, regardless of religious beliefs.

    gamini Friday, 27 October 2017 10:05 AM

    they are only addressing the Buddhists and not the other releigions

    suda Friday, 27 October 2017 09:07 AM

    This is an extreme , no matter how hard you try you cant stop it. It will remain increasing. Why only cattle slaughter , what about chicken, fish , goats, pigs .

    suda Friday, 27 October 2017 09:07 AM

    This is an extreme , no matter how hard you try you cant stop it. It will remain increasing. Why only cattle slaughter , what about chicken, fish , goats, pigs .

    suda Friday, 27 October 2017 09:07 AM

    This is an extreme , no matter how hard you try you cant stop it. It will remain increasing. Why only cattle slaughter , what about chicken, fish , goats, pigs .

    DillonDP Friday, 27 October 2017 09:12 AM

    Please done push your belief on others, everyone has a right to eat what they like, i will from now on begin eating Beef Especially on mondays, and everyday during May

    grobr Friday, 27 October 2017 09:31 AM

    Good. You will die sooner of high cholesterol

    DillonDP Friday, 27 October 2017 09:12 AM

    Please done push your belief on others, everyone has a right to eat what they like, i will from now on begin eating Beef Especially on Mondays, and everyday during May

    savage Friday, 27 October 2017 09:30 AM

    Do you have the right to kill?

    A. Siriwardane Friday, 27 October 2017 09:48 AM

    Mr. Savage, he's only trying to kill himself.

    BV Friday, 27 October 2017 09:14 AM

    Why ban only on Mondays ban it completely and import beef for those who want to consume it.Make this a passionate country for animals as well as a true Buddhist country.

    mnsmart Friday, 27 October 2017 10:01 AM

    Yes No Liquor, No lies and deception, No human killings, No theft.

    tarzan Friday, 27 October 2017 09:24 AM

    brainless, like we asked to end elephant , human conflict, in the near future bull - human conflicts

    mad cow Friday, 27 October 2017 09:24 AM

    Madness of people who have nothing to do! No smoking, no drinking and now no eating meat. Next comes NO SEX. Best way to frighten people " WILL CAUSE CANCER" . Why not build one big Temple to cover the entire country and sentence all to a life without pleasure.

    mad cow Friday, 27 October 2017 09:24 AM

    Madness of people who have nothing to do! No smoking, no drinking and now no eating meat. Next comes NO SEX. Best way to frighten people " WILL CAUSE CANCER" . Why not build one big Temple to cover the entire country and sentence all to a life without pleasure.

    mad cow Friday, 27 October 2017 09:24 AM

    Madness of people who have nothing to do! No smoking, no drinking and now no eating meat. Next comes NO SEX. Best way to frighten people " WILL CAUSE CANCER" . Why not build one big Temple to cover the entire country and sentence all to a life without pleasure.

    Aney Apoi Friday, 27 October 2017 09:26 AM

    Banning is not the answer. People themselves must realise to stop meat consumption. Also what about for those who want to eat meat every day, irrespective. Be realistic the learned !

    Al Goe Friday, 27 October 2017 09:42 AM

    Sure they are wearing Leather Shoes, Leather Belts and having Leather Hand Bags and Leather Purse

    Ibn Yusuf Friday, 27 October 2017 09:45 AM

    If this group wishes the Buddhists to adopt to their system it is up to them to decide. But bringing in bogus scientific evidence to substantiate their claims is taking things too far. Humans are omnivorous and their dental structure affirms this. One must concede that over consumption of meat products and especially processed meats are detrimental to human health especially fast foods (junk food). But a balanced diet including regular consumption of unprocessed meat, fish and milk ensures a healthy lifestyle. Vegetarianism is against the natural order given by the Creator of the Universe and leads to detrimental effects to human well being. Perverse scientific findings by dubious vested interests seeking to promote their agendas will not buy support from well informed members of the public

    fairplay Friday, 27 October 2017 01:32 PM

    Some communities live their entire lives on bogus superstitions imported from desert dwelling savages

    fairplay Friday, 27 October 2017 01:32 PM

    Some communities live their entire lives on bogus superstitions imported from desert dwelling savages

    fairplay Friday, 27 October 2017 01:32 PM

    Some communities live their entire lives on bogus superstitions imported from desert dwelling savages

    godless Friday, 27 October 2017 01:32 PM

    Some communities live their entire lives on bogus superstitions imported from desert dwelling savages

    FIG LEAF Friday, 27 October 2017 06:28 PM

    BUT Mr fairplay - we don't care a fig leaf (ie what adam wore) in sending our females to the land of "desert dwelling savages" - of course when it comes to this - petro-dollars call the rule - to balance sri lanka's budget (as this is the largest foreign exchange earner)

    fairplay Friday, 27 October 2017 11:28 PM

    @fig leafBut they are still savages, and we don't want to subscribe to their delusions..

    YET WE GO Saturday, 28 October 2017 07:26 AM

    OK - BUT STILL WE GO LAPPING (pun intended) after them - pray - why ? - we are hypocrites

    Upali Wickramamsinghe Friday, 27 October 2017 10:00 AM

    Good ban animal meat and eat human meat - very tasty.The temples are already fed with meat.

    kan Friday, 27 October 2017 10:08 AM

    If meat eating causes cancer, then what about other foods like Fast Foods, Sugar, Salt, White Flour, Breads, Deep fried foods, Soft Drinks , Processed Non Veg and Veg , Alcohol etc, all these foods eaten in excess (Sri Lankans eat some of these every day) causes cancer specially digestive system cancer.

    sunil Friday, 27 October 2017 10:09 AM

    this proposal will not find acceptance even among Buddhist monks inside the temples, where they are served their daily food by lay people in the neighborhood, which includes at least fish

    Doug Friday, 27 October 2017 10:14 AM

    Tell us which place in all the scriptures Buddha has banned meat consumption, these are all add on's later by pseudo Buddhists for cheap publicity

    prince Friday, 27 October 2017 10:25 AM

    Why don't you start by implementing NO LIQUOR during the Wesak Month ?

    WHY ONLY FOR VESAK ? Friday, 27 October 2017 10:40 AM

    :refrain from eating animal products during the month of May when Vesak is celebrate: why only for Vesak " -- have the guts to day that all Buddhists should not touch meat at all.

    Raj Friday, 27 October 2017 10:40 AM

    If you want your followers to stop drinking alcohol, eating meat, smoking, teach them not to do so. Don't try to ban each and everything in military style!

    BDK Friday, 27 October 2017 10:46 AM

    Lord Buddha preached five precepts for the layman. Refraining from meat is not there. Devdath Thero requested Lord Buddha to ban consumption of meat. But Lord Buddha did not agree. But if these societies promote people to observe the five precepts Sri Lanka will be a much better place. There is 8 precepts or 10 precepts if you are able go beyond the 5 precepts. Even in that refraining from meat is not mentioned. It is even not there in the precepts for the Sangha. Lord Buddhas knowledge is supreme and not comparable to anyone else. So stop questioning it start living by his Dhamma. Please dont attach Buddhism to something which has not been preached by Lord Buddha. If anyone wants to refrain from animal products they have the freedom to do so and they will reap the benefits of good health as science has proven. For what ever the cause do not attach Buddhism if it is not included in the Dhamma. That is distorting Dhamma which is a much greater sin according to Dhamma.

    Dasa Friday, 27 October 2017 05:33 PM

    very true.

    sivapatham Friday, 27 October 2017 11:08 AM

    If eating meat can be avoided provide many health benefits.But it should not be forced on to people in the name of religion.Instead these organizations realy concern about the peole of the nation should promote good eating habits and benefits of not eating meat

    rational Friday, 27 October 2017 01:19 PM

    We need to free ourselves from bogus superstitions like belief in gods etc.

    rational Friday, 27 October 2017 01:20 PM

    We need to free ourselves from bogus superstitions like belief in gods etc.

    Bindu Friday, 27 October 2017 01:34 PM

    Some clergy and people are trying to make amendments to Lord Buddha's teachings to show they are dedicated Buddhists and because they think they know better.

    ALL KNOWING Friday, 27 October 2017 06:36 PM

    What are you saying - They are all knowing - even how to govern - write constitutions - lead protests - also attack and burn properties of minorities ( please don't get me wrong - this applies even to other countries as well)

    ALL KNOWING Friday, 27 October 2017 06:36 PM

    What are you saying - They are all knowing - even how to govern - write constitutions - lead protests - also attack and burn properties of minorities ( please don't get me wrong - this applies even to other countries as well)

    ALL KNOWING Friday, 27 October 2017 06:37 PM

    What are you saying - They are all knowing - even how to govern - write constitutions - lead protests - also attack and burn properties of minorities ( please don't get me wrong - this applies even to other countries as well)

    jobless Friday, 27 October 2017 05:36 PM

    This is what happens, when too many jobless and brainless monks in a country.

    Mason Friday, 27 October 2017 05:59 PM

    Those who want to refrain from eating meat on Mondays can do so, why should the practice be "pushed down the throat" of people of other denominations. This is unethical and against all principles. Let common sense prevail.

    Redna Friday, 27 October 2017 06:57 PM

    Stop the Meat advertisements in the TV. It makes people greedy and children ask for that particular food after seeing it on the TV screen. Let the people choose what they want to eat. The buddhist monks should set an example and refrain from demanding special food when alms are given. Example is better than precept.

    Redna Friday, 27 October 2017 06:57 PM

    Stop the Meat advertisements in the TV. It makes people greedy and children ask for that particular food after seeing it on the TV screen. Let the people choose what they want to eat. The buddhist monks should set an example and refrain from demanding special food when alms are given. Example is better than precept.

    Redna Friday, 27 October 2017 06:58 PM

    Stop the Meat advertisements in the TV. It makes people greedy and children ask for that particular food after seeing it on the TV screen. Let the people choose what they want to eat. The buddhist monks should set an example and refrain from demanding special food when alms are given. Example is better than precept.

    Redna Friday, 27 October 2017 06:58 PM

    Stop the Meat advertisements in the TV. It makes people greedy and children ask for that particular food after seeing it on the TV screen. Let the people choose what they want to eat. The buddhist monks should set an example and refrain from demanding special food when alms are given. Example is better than precept.

    Redna Friday, 27 October 2017 06:58 PM

    Stop the Meat advertisements in the TV. It makes people greedy and children ask for that particular food after seeing it on the TV screen. Let the people choose what they want to eat. The buddhist monks should set an example and refrain from demanding special food when alms are given. Example is better than precept.

    Redna Friday, 27 October 2017 06:58 PM

    Stop the Meat advertisements in the TV. It makes people greedy and children ask for that particular food after seeing it on the TV screen. Let the people choose what they want to eat. The buddhist monks should set an example and refrain from demanding special food when alms are given. Example is better than precept.

    Redna Friday, 27 October 2017 06:59 PM

    Stop the Meat advertisements in the TV. It makes people greedy and children ask for that particular food after seeing it on the TV screen. Let the people choose what they want to eat. The buddhist monks should set an example and refrain from demanding special food when alms are given. Example is better than precept.

    Redna Friday, 27 October 2017 06:59 PM

    Stop the Meat advertisements in the TV. It makes people greedy and children ask for that particular food after seeing it on the TV screen. Let the people choose what they want to eat. The buddhist monks should set an example and refrain from demanding special food when alms are given. Example is better than precept.

    Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera Friday, 27 October 2017 07:14 PM

    I agree with this. If in Saudi, one cannot drink Alchohol, then in SL, meat consumption shouldn't be allowed either.

    Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera Friday, 27 October 2017 07:14 PM

    I agree with this. If in Saudi, one cannot drink Alchohol, then in SL, meat consumption shouldn't be allowed either.

    K Perera Friday, 27 October 2017 07:58 PM

    We Buddhist Sinhalese don't kill animals, but we can eat meat slaughtered by other religious people.

    Upali Wickramamsinghe Friday, 27 October 2017 09:09 PM

    What a message. Ban meat, eat human meat,stop sleeping with women sleep with the cattle that had been saved.Who are these jokers.

    nick Friday, 27 October 2017 09:14 PM

    our preza went to doha for beg maybe little that he knew they cook the whole beef at once wonder if he discussed about the cattle issue ok lets be serious our preza making headlines daily for wrong reasons anyway who cares this is Sri lankan politics via DM Android App

    kusal Friday, 27 October 2017 09:28 PM

    It should be very appropriate on the month of May, all the liquor stores to be closed in Sri Lanka.

    Gemba Saturday, 28 October 2017 12:31 AM

    My weekly diet.Monday PigTuesday CowWednesday Fish and BaconThursday LambFriday BuffaloSaturday get Drunk and eat anything that does not move.Sunday shit out everything and diet.

    objective assessment Saturday, 28 October 2017 01:04 AM

    Fellows who believe in an imaginary creator in the sky are objecting to kindness to animals.

    carnivore Saturday, 28 October 2017 02:10 AM

    I eat meat for breakfast, lunch and dinner, everyday, especially beef. Beef is so tasty :) What a bunch of jokers whoever they are!

    Bede Fernando Saturday, 28 October 2017 05:59 AM

    Idea is good. May be came from people with enough means.But what about the people depending on meat production? i.e. poultry farmersYou need to lobby on harassment on other innocent animals. You see large number of animals puppies, rabbits, birds are being caged in animal shops. Please organize to stop that as well.

    Bede Fernando Saturday, 28 October 2017 06:18 AM

    We should not force anyone on this. We have to think about people those who like to eat meat items.If this will be implemented, meat business will have record sales during April. Good business for Peoples who misuse this opportunity. Those who have refrigerators will buy ample stocks and even sell during May.There are so many things to be addressed and given priority i.e. liquor consumption, which will have bad impact on families, other innocent people.

    Kadiya Saturday, 28 October 2017 06:32 AM

    Yes, ban meat but give a helping hand to further murder of human beings!!!!!!!!

    Yeti Saturday, 28 October 2017 08:18 AM

    Why only Monday, have they had enough meat on Sunday?


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